Turkish Police Believe Saudi Journalist Was Killed at Consulate

Turkish Police Believe Saudi Journalist Was Killed at Consulate”

The Associated Press also reported, citing a Turkish official, that detectives' "initial assessment" was that Khashoggi was killed at the consulate. "We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate", Turkish officials told Reuters.

The Turkish sources did not say how they believed the killing was carried out.

Consul General of Saudi Arabia Mohammad al-Otaibi gives a tour of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, October 6, 2018.

A former government adviser who has been critical of some policies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen, Khashoggi has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since a year ago to avoid possible arrest. He has not been heard from since.

AK Party spokesman Ömer Çelik later said that Turkey will uncover the details about prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance and his whereabouts.

Khashoggi is a longtime Saudi journalist, foreign correspondent, editor and columnist whose work has been controversial in the past in the ultraconservative Sunni kingdom.

Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, said Khashoggi's failure to emerge from the consulate "is a cause for alarm", given the Saudi authorities' pattern of "quietly detaining critical journalists".

Turkish prosecutors are probing the link between their visit and Khashoggi's disappearance, he said.

Mr Khashoggi disappeared on Tuesday after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to pick up a form that proves the termination of his previous marriage in the Kingdom. His fiancee, who had waited outside, said he never came out.

As a contributor to the Post, Khashoggi has written extensively about Saudi Arabia, including criticizing its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women's rights activists after the lifting of a ban on women driving.

"The 33-year-old crown prince went on to say that Saudi Arabia had agreed to buy $110 billion worth of U.S. weapons and signed investment deals worth billions more, some "$400 billion" in total, since Trump took office in early 2017, and described the deals as "a good achievement" for Trump.

Khashoggi's disappearance is likely to further deepen divisions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Pressed on how he would regard Trump's humiliating and harsh rhetoric against Saudi Arabia, bin Salman said, "I love working with him", referring to the controversial remarks as a "bad issue" offset by "99 percent of good things". "It was a pre-planned murder", said one of the people.

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